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Seven Big Horn Sheep Killed in Vehicle Collisions

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MISSOULA -

Seven big horn sheep have been killed in vehicle collisions over the past week, and Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are urging motorists to be extra vigilant while driving.

FWP officials said five sheep were killed along Highway 200 east of Bonner, one in Lower Rock Creek and one on Highway 93 in the Bitterroot Valley.

Fortunately, no human injuries have been reported in these accidents, but officials said the sheep can be difficult to avoid early in the morning or late at night.

Vicki Edwards, an FWP Wildlife Biologist, said, "A lot of times, it's really tough to see them, until they're bumped out onto the highway, and young lambs are really challenging to see in those tall grasses, and they're really playful, and quite often there's some dominance going on where they're pushing each other around, and it just takes a little for them to be bumped out onto the roadway."

FWP officials said bighorn sheep habitats often intersect with road systems and residential and agricultural areas, and currently the sheep are coming down for the salt left on roadways from the winter.

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